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March 4, 2015

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Juventus V Fiorentina

Coppa Italia  – Semi-Final First leg [Thursday, 5th March – 19:45 GMT] – Juventus Stadium


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Juventus

Juventus will have to put Monday night’s disappointing draw behind them as they head into the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia against a Fiorentina side undefeated in their last 12 matches.

The Bianconeri had all but ended Roma’s title-challenge after going ahead through Carlos Tevez but the Giallorossi fought back to net a late equaliser and earn a vital point. Both Juve players and the management were quite vocal in agreeing that they should have won the game while coach Max Allegri warned they can’t ‘switch-off’ against Fiorentina as they did against Roma.

“Fiorentina are a team that handle the ball quite well, thanks to the skills of their players and the mentality instilled in them by Montella.” Allegri told reporters in his pre-match press conference earlier today.

“For our own part we’re a group that can command our games, so we’ll see who has the strength to dominate tomorrow.

“But that’s not essential to win a match. Often you can win with the least possession or lose with the most.

“What matters is that you read the game correctly. You must interpret the clash correctly from the word go.

“[Paul] Pogba and [Stefano] Sturaro are both doing well. Pogba already came to Rome but I didn’t want to risk him, so he’s certainly going to be in this match. Sturaro’s doing better and will be on the bench.”

After switching from 4-3-1-2 to the tried and trusted 3-5-2 against Roma, Allegri may make yet another formation change. Sky Sport Italia suggest Juve will lineup 4-3-3, similar to the formation used against Parma in the quarter finals last month.

Marco Storari could start in goal with Martin Caceres reverting to right-back and Simone Padoin coming in for Patrice Evra at left-back. Andrea Barzagli has recovered from his injury woes and might make his first start of the season alongside Angelo Ogbonna.

Andrea Pirlo will be out for at least another 3 weeks leaving Claudio Marchisio the clear choice to replace him at the base of midfield with Paul Pogba confirmed to start as well. Arturo Vidal and Roberto Pereyra were both exceptional against Roma, albeit for different reasons,  so it could be a toss-up between the two for the final midfield spot. Up front, Fernando Llorente will spearhead the attack while Kinglsey Coman and Simone Pepe on either flank to offer some width in attack.

Predicted Lineup

4-3-3: Storari; Caceres, Barzagli, Ogbonna, Padoin; Vidal, Marchisio, Pogba; Coman, Llorente, Pepe

Injured

Asamoah and Romulo (Recovering from surgery), Andrea Pirlo (ankle)

Suspended

None

 

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Fiorentina

Fiorentina are in a very good moment: they haven’t lost a match since January 6, they have won seven of their last eleven games, they have cut down the gap from Napoli’s Champions League-qualifying third place to just three points and they have knocked Tottenham out in Europa League. But, most importantly, it feels like that the whole squad is clicking and the vibe around them is excellent.

The midseason acquisitions have added quality and depth, especially up front: Mohamed Salah (three goals in four matches) has those Cuadrado-esque pace and unpredictability and is a good scorer, Alessandro Diamanti hasn’t lost his trademark playmaking ability in his hiatus in China and Alberto Gilardino is a valuable replacement in a department that has often been injury ridden.

The lineup is pretty much up in the air and we’ll have to wait for the squad list to see who’s available and who’s not. In this particular match, the problems lie in the defense for La Viola. Gonzalo Rodriguez is the only healthy centre-back available: Josè Maria Basanta, who has a minor thigh muscular injuries, will probably be forced to play through pain, or the coach will have to come up with a creative solution to field a respectable defensive line, maybe fielding the fullbacks Micah Richards and Marcos Alonso as centre-backs.

After the January window, Montella has used 4-3-3 more often than his usual 3-5-2, basically because Salah and Diamanti have been indispensable. However, there’s a chance to see a three-man defense on Thursday, considering the injuries, just to have one more body in front of Norberto Neto (what a weird game it will be for him…). They intended to rest the Egyptian winger against Inter, but he had to be subbed in because Khouma Babacar got hurt (he won’t be available for at least a couple of weeks). They are eking out Mario Gomez’s appearances as of late, turning him in a sort of Cup specialist, and he has bitten Juventus before.

In the midfield, Mati Fernandez, Borja Valero and Alberto Aquilani are all banged up. Milan Badelj has started to perform well recently and he’ll fill in for the injured David Pizarro. Jasmin Kurtic is the backup option if the others aren’t healthy enough. As far as the attack is concerned, Montella will likely go with his best trio Salah-Gomez-Diamanti, but a little bit of rotation is always possible is a cup game and Joaquin or Josip Ilicic could crack into the starting lineup.

So far in this season, they have been an excellent road team: they have collected 24 points in 13 matches (record 7W 3D 3L) and they trail only to Juventus in this category. They have a very good defense, as they have conceded 24 goals, third in the League behind Allegri’s side and Roma (but they’ll have some absences…).

Since Montella took over, they have always played a very European brand of football, with a lot of proactive possession, off-the-ball movement, trying to control the game and having territory dominance. If you mix that with very skilled players, you obtain a remarkable result, even though Fiorentina haven’t always been able to fulfill its potential and looked inexplicably flat in some games. However, they have caught fire in the last few matches and Juventus will have to be extremely careful in this first leg of the Coppa Italia semifinals.

Predicted Lineup

4-3-3: Neto; Richards, Rodriguez, Basanta, Alonso; Aquilani, Badelj, Valero; Salah, Gomez, Diamanti.

Injured

Rossi (knee), Bernardeschi (ankle), Tatarusanu (back), Babacar (thigh), Pizarro (thigh), Savic (thigh), Tomovic (neck), Lupatelli (shoulder).

 

Formation

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  • dinodelfino

    Another tough game in store,hope we kick shit out of them,cant stand viola merda.

    • adp1974

      I agree with you … their fans are pieces of shit.

    • BelgianJuventino

      Haven’t seen them display much class ever so agreed as well

  • BelgianJuventino

    hope they will play like this is a mini-CL, I want the same style as in the Dortmund game! Try to keep the clean sheet this time though

  • dinodelfino

    JUVE JUVE JUVE JUVE

  • BelgianJuventino

    FORZA JUVE! Or well, Forza Juve bench players! Show us how good our depth is!

  • They said 4-3-3, then 3-5-2 now 4-3-1-2 again – could be interesting. As Allegri and the boys want to win it, seems like we’ll play a relatively strong XI

    • dinodelfino

      its got to be strongish….viola merda bastardi are dangerous opponents at the mo,they need bringing back down a peg or two.

  • JuveMondo

    Hoping for Barzagli and a clean sheet! Forza Juve

  • JuventusBuffon

    We really got to watch out for my man Mohamed Salah.

  • Luca Moleta

    Tough game, we really need to rest Tevez and we really need to watch out for Salah and Gomez. Hoping for a clean sheet.

  • Papilaya(John)™★★★

    Have to score those!!

  • Papilaya(John)™★★★

    Vidal is looking good

  • Papilaya(John)™★★★

    Magical switch by principino

  • ImSoCool12345

    Salah is wonderful…

    • Papilaya(John)™★★★

      Fiore made brilliant deals this past market

  • JuventusBuffon

    Why Mo? Whyyyy?

  • DutchJuve

    A 1 on 1 between Salah and Padoin. What a joke 😀 Great goal and effort by Mohamed Salah. He would have been nice with us.

  • Luca Moleta

    Thank god Salah didn’t join Roma.

  • DutchJuve

    No dutch stream today. Apparently they don’t know about weekday football, or they had to work today and had no time to put up a stream. The schedule is also still on the weekend.

  • Peter

    So.. when will Asamoah return?

  • DutchJuve

    Llorenteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee he does what he’s best at!!!!!!!

  • JuventusBuffon

    Llorente!!!!!

  • Papilaya(John)™★★★

    Haha iexpected a poor cross from pepe

    • DutchJuve

      I still think he’d be a good choice when we play 4-3-3 or 4-3-1-2 or w/e

  • Papilaya(John)™★★★

    Arrgh, more confidence in those passes Marchisio

  • Papilaya(John)™★★★

    Pogba doing A LOT of defensive work

  • ImSoCool12345

    Coman is terrible….

    • Papilaya(John)™★★★

      He needs more playing time, but hes not gonna get any if thats all he has to show

      • ImSoCool12345

        It’s too bad I really had higher expectations of him.

        He’s really young, yeah, but he’s had a ton of chances this game. Also, against Roma he could’ve won himself a free run and maybe a goal if he had properly read the offside trap.

        • Papilaya(John)™★★★

          We all did, but you can tell by his all around composure that hes terrified to be on the pitch at the moment. Good call by Allegri.

          This is why you cant rush young players… a run of bad matches and their career could be over due to mental scarring.

  • LMJuveDK

    Is stuaro injured? I was hoping to see him play. Have any of you guys seen him play?

  • DutchJuve

    Good cross Padoin. Gotta say it.

  • B1anconer0

    Awful passing by Marchisio so far. Hope he plays better in the 2nd half.

    • Papilaya(John)™★★★

      A few of his switches were without confident, but overall his passing hasnt been awful.

      • B1anconer0

        His long passing was poor though.. He has to fill in that pirlo role, I hope he can make some decisive long passes.

  • Papilaya(John)™★★★

    Vidal started the match brightly, but has quickly become a whimpering flame.

    Pogba is doing a lot defensively, but is again holding the ball too long.

    Overall a match which needs much, MUCH more urgency.

  • DutchJuve

    We don’t like the coppa, do we?

    • Peter

      We just don’t care.

      • DutchJuve

        We should just field 11 youngsters then. Can’t be worse than this.

        • Papilaya(John)™★★★

          Im with this.

          • DutchJuve

            10 youngsters and Padoin, sorry i forgot Padoin always plays.

        • Peter

          I agree, but we can’t do it openly, we have to pretend.

          • Papilaya(John)™★★★

            Well this “pretending” isnt very convincing.

          • Peter

            You just wait until Padoin scores a brace.

  • B1anconer0

    Great just great..

  • LMJuveDK

    nice pass marchisio

  • Papilaya(John)™★★★

    Careless careless careless careless careless careless careless careless careless

  • JuventusBuffon

    As an Egyptian, seeing my country’s hero score twice against Juventus has been unbelievable.

    • LMJuveDK

      he is a gifted player.

    • Peter

      Man, I still remember Gera scoring two on that 4-1 Fulham game in a good way.

  • BelgianJuventino

    Tuning in to see 1-2, feeling like it’s time to go to bed xD I’ll suffer through these30mins I guess

  • B1anconer0

    Are we gonna lose at home??

    • Papilaya(John)™★★★

      Looks it

  • Papilaya(John)™★★★

    I shouldve just gone home when i saw Padoin as the lone last man vs Salah on his first goal. Surely when you have Padoin as the lone last man defending against a pacey player, you cant believe the team is taking the match too seriously.

  • JuventusBuffon

    Are there 2 legs to this game?

    • Papilaya(John)™★★★

      I believe so

    • DutchJuve

      Yes.

      • BelgianJuventino

        Great one more game of this embarassing football

        • Papilaya(John)™★★★

          We shouldnt be allowed to be in coppa anymore. Disgraceful and disrespectful to the fans.

          • Peter

            Viewers give money man, they won’t ban Juve from the Coppa just because they don’t take it seriously.

          • Papilaya(John)™★★★

            I know they wont.

  • 30Scudetti

    Vidal has been poor all year. If I’m Moratta i’m selling Vidal and not Pogba this summer.. use that money for Cavani. Or someone who can cross the ball.. and Padoin is still terrible.

    • Peter

      Who would you replace Vidal with?

      • Papilaya(John)™★★★

        Me jkjkjk

      • 30Scudetti

        i would just let pereyra play next year, then that following season i sell pogba to PSG for money and Verratti

        • Papilaya(John)™★★★

          Id try to get Kroos if we sell Vidal

          • 30Scudetti

            yeah i mean i’d love to have another star midfielder but its concerning that Tevez is our only consistent offense and Real has that buy-back clause on Morata thats hanging over our heads. Id rather be lining us Cavani rather than a midfielder.

          • Papilaya(John)™★★★

            We have Berardi and Zaza on their way.

          • 30Scudetti

            this team is going far in Europe… we are taking a step backwards to think inexperienced players from a tiny club are ready for champions league games.

        • Peter

          I don’t like Pereyra enough to want to see that. I’d rather keep Vidal and Pogba too, we don’t exactly need to players from our first squad.

          • 30Scudetti

            he hasn’t been right with the injuries since before world cup… he’s missing PK’s this year and his first touch is off. I’d rather sell high before he puts together back to back poor seasons and we are left sitting with no value for him.

          • Peter

            In 14/15 he missed 4 games because of injuries. That’s not too bad, Pirlo misses more.
            He’ll come around.

          • 30Scudetti

            even if he missed zero games. can you honestly say he’s the same player? in business you sell when something is at its peak, not when its showing signs of wear and tear.. thats how you get the most value anyway. Man U was ready to shell out 30-40mill this past summer. wouldn’t you have taken that now looking back?

          • Peter

            He does play worse this year than last, but no club wanted him after the WC because he injured. It was a gamble to wait with the possible sell after the WC.

            I wouldn’t have taken the money because our reserve squad is shit. 30-40 mil wouldnt fix Matri and co.

    • LMJuveDK

      Padoin makes his team mates look brilliant because he is so awful. Its like going to the club with your ugly friend.

  • JuventusBuffon

    WHY ARE WE PLAYING LIKE A SUNDAY LEAGUE TEAM???!!!!????

  • BelgianJuventino

    Fiorentina hasn’t done anything in thses 30 mins and Juve got to dictate the game with just zero chances, what a bad game this is. now there is one good chance and it was one for Fiorentina..

    • Peter

      They even subbed off their only player who caused real problems. I don’t know why can’t we make any shots on goal…

      • BelgianJuventino

        No clue either

      • Papilaya(John)™★★★

        The seed does not bloom if the roots from within do not bother breaking through the barriers of itself :p

  • BelgianJuventino

    What does it take these guys to actually shoot? Trying to dribble past 7 players solo doesn’t work unless you’re messi in a good day. Fucking shoot already

  • BelgianJuventino

    Well this was awful to watch, let’s hope a defeat will shake the team up and make them play like bosses in the return games against Dortmund and Fiorentina.

    If I want this level of football I’ll go kick a ball myself

    • Papilaya(John)™★★★

      On the brigjt side, i thought of something incredibly poetic that is instagram worthy :p

  • Papilaya(John)™★★★

    YUCK

  • B1anconer0

    Bad overall performance, what a poor game by vidal and even worse by marchisio..
    Even if it’s coppa, it hurts to watch Juve lose..

  • B1anconer0

    Hope they can pick theirselves up by the time they play dortmund because otherwise things will go bad.

  • JuventusBuffon

    Play like that against Dortmund and the match will end 7-0

    • Papilaya(John)™★★★

      Im sure they wont play like that against dortmund

      • JuventusBuffon

        Just saying man, if this doesn’t serve as a wake up call for our players I don’t know what will.

    • adp1974

      do you honestly think that Juve is amped for a game like this as they would be for Dortmund? You’re talking about a Coppa Italia match using 2nd stringers and comparing it to how they might play in the biggest match of their season … Chill bro. It’s a Coppa Italia match. I could care less if they lose their next 3 Serie A games, they just beter get through Dortmund in a couple of weeks.

      • BelgianJuventino

        This is all true but whatever the game/league, this was just such a bad game. A Serie B team would have put up more of a fight than Juve did. Why bother going far in the Coppa if you don’t care about it anyway, field an entire Primavera squad instead then and see how far they get.

        They better play their hearts out against Dortmund

      • JuventusBuffon

        That’s not my point, we haven’t been playing well for the past month, us losing a match was inevitable, our luck had to eventually run out. What I’m saying is we need to pick up our form again or we will crash out of the UCL.

        • DutchJuve

          Last season when we lost our first match we came back better than ever.

  • fuck. fuck………..fuck.

    • BelgianJuventino

      this sums up what I was thinking for the 30 mins I’ve seen from this game